ESSAYS

Reflection
Reflection

Deano T. Clown prefers to go by his clown name once he starts putting on his makeup. The veteran clown brought a troupe from New Hope Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga., to Japan as part of the disaster relief efforts by Southern Baptists.

USA - Japan
USA - Japan

Mrs. Uppington performs at a senior home in Japan. This home overlooking the town's harbor became an evacuation center for the city's residents. For most in this room, it was the first time they had seen a clown up-close-and-personal.

God loves you
God loves you

Mrs. Uppington circles the crowd to let them see God's greatest creation — YOU! The clowns used items in boxes to explain creation to the crowd. New Hope Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga., sent a clown ministry team for three weeks to work among Japans tsunami survivors.

Reflection
Reflection

Deano T. Clown prefers to go by his clown name once he starts putting on his makeup. The veteran clown brought a troupe from New Hope Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga., to Japan as part of the disaster relief efforts by Southern Baptists.

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Georgia clowns bring laughter to Japanese

Seven-months after the tsunami hit Northeastern Japan, trauma counselors suggested it was time for "heart medicine" (laughter and joy). A Southern Baptist volunteer clown troupe responded to the call and took their act on the road. They visited community centers, schools, nursing homes and housing projects where the displaced live.

English
English

A Chinese third-grader pauses to remember how to spell the color "brown." Teaching after school and weekend English classes are one way Gil and Susan Ridgeway* meet parents and invite them to parenting class.

Family time
Family time

The weekends are practically the only time families in China spend time together. Many will walk through the park or go to a shopping mall. Spending quality time with family is not a top priority in Chinese culture, but those born in the 1980s and 1990s want to change that.

Homework
Homework

After six months of parenting classes, these Chinese parents have learned to "team up" when it comes to their twins. This couple is learning how to raise ethical and morally just children. One concept taught is to spend time with kids. It's a new way of thinking for most Chinese since raising children is considered the mother's job.

English
English

A Chinese third-grader pauses to remember how to spell the color "brown." Teaching after school and weekend English classes are one way Gil and Susan Ridgeway* meet parents and invite them to parenting class.

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One-child generation wants better parenting

For most in China, good parenting is measured by what school your child attends. But a new generation of parents wants more than just academic success. The original one-child-policy kids (born in the ’80s and ’90s) want their children to experience things they never learned. Gil and Susan Ridgeways teach parenting classes that focus on Biblical ways of teaching character, ethics and morals while getting to the heart of the family.

A bloody tribal clash erupted in 2008 after results were announced in Kenya's election. The 10-week span of violence resulted in an ethnic cleansing that burned thousands of homes and forced more than 600,000 people to flee and seek safety/shelter in internally displaced camps. 

600,000 displaced during post-election violence
Looking for safety
Looking for safety

Karura Community Church opened their grounds to internally displaced people. Kenyans camped out on the grounds, in the church and on any space available.

Burned out
Burned out

Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, suffered through the post-election violence. Houses were burned, as well as markets. People were beaten and killed.

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Two internally displaced teenagers greet friends in a government bus hauling a different tribe back to their ancestral homelands. Basically, the country has been ethnically cleansed with everyone shipped back to where their tribe originated.

Looking for safety
Looking for safety

Karura Community Church opened their grounds to internally displaced people. Kenyans camped out on the grounds, in the church and on any space available.

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